Christian World News – May 25, 2018


>>THIS WEEK ON “CHRISTIAN
WORLD NEWS,” PRESIDENT
TRUMP PULLS OUT OF THE
SUMMIT WITH FORT NORTH KOREA.
WHY DID HE DO IT.
AND HOW CAN HE BRING KIM
JONG-UN BACK TO THE TABLE.
>>Wendy: PLUS…GET A
LOOK AT THE DEAD SEA
SCROLLS IN A WAY YOU HAVE
NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE.
SEE HOW THEY ARE STILL
REVEALING SECRETS FROM
2,000 YEARS AGO.
>>THE SONG, “AMAZING
GRACE,” IS SUNG IN
CHURCHES WORLDWIDE.
MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE
SONG AND FIND OUT HOW HE
CHANGED THE COURSE OF
HISTORY.
>>HELLO, EVERYONE,
WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S
EDITION OF “CHRISTIAN
WORLD NEWS.”
I’M GEORGE THOMAS.
>>AND I’M WENDY GRIFFITH.
>>NORTH KOREA SEEMS TO BE
CHANGING ITS TONE AFTER
PRESIDENT TRUMP CANCELLED
THE SUMMITS.
A NORTH KOREAN OFFICIAL
SAYS THEY’RE STILL WILLING
TO MEET WITH THE UNITED
STATES.
>>THE PRESIDENT DECIDED
TO PULL OUT OF THE SUMMIT
AFTER SIGNS OF BA BAD FAITH
FROM THE NORTH KOREANS.
AND NOW IT IS A GAME OF
WAIT AND SEE.
>>Jennifer: A BOLD MOVE
BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, A
LETTER TO KIM JONG-UN
CANCELLING THE LEADERS’
PLANNED NUCLEAR SUMMIT.
HE SURPRISED THE WORLD,
BUT THE TRUMP
ADMINISTRATION SAW IT
COMING FOR DAYS.
>>President Trump:
NORTH KOREA HAS THE
OPPORTUNITY TO END DECADES
OF POVERTY AND DEPRESSION
BY FOLLOWING THE PATH OF
DENUCLEARIZATION AND
JOINING THE COMMUNITY OF
NATIONS.
>>Jennifer: AFTER
SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE
POMPEO’S MEETING WITH KIM
THAT RESULTING IN THE
RELEASE OF THREE AMERICAN
PRISONERS, THE NORTH
KOREANS FAILED TO KEEP
THEIR PROMISES.
>>IT IS NOT ABOUT THE
DEAL.
IT IS ABOUT THE OUTCOME.
RIGHT?
IT IS ABOUT ACHIEVING THIS
PERMANENT PHYSICAL CHANGE
AND TRANSFORMATION THAT
WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
>>Reporter: AFTER
TRUMP’S ANNOUNCEMENT,
NORTH KOREA SEEMS TO
CHANGE ITS TONE, A TOP
OFFICIAL SAYING THAT THE
KIM REGIME IS OPEN-MINDED
IN GIVING TIME AND
OPPORTUNITY TO THE U.S.
BUT FOR NOW THE TRUMP
ADMINISTRATION IS
CONTINUING ITS MAXIMUM
PRESSURE CAMPAIGN,
CRIPPLING ECONOMIC
SANCTIONS MEANT TO FORCE
CONCESSIONS OUT OF A
COUNTRY ALREADY FACING
FINANCIAL DISPAIR.
BUT IN THESE HOURS
FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENT’S
LETTER, HARRY, WITH THE
CENTER FOR NATIONAL
INTEREST, SAYS HE FEARS
THE NORTH WILL RETURN TO
TESTING MISSILES.
>>GOD FORBID, IF THE
NORTH TESTS A MISSILE IN
THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS,
AND THERE IS A MALFUNCTION
AND THE MISSILE LANDS IN
SEOUL OR JAPAN OR GUAM, WE
COULD BE AT WAR, AND THAT
TYPE OF WAR WOULD INVOLVED
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DEAD.
>>Reporter: TIME, HE
SAYS, ISN’T ON KIM’S SIDE,
AS HIS PEOPLE ARE MORE
EXPOSED TO INFLUENCES TO
THE WORLD OUTSIDE NORTH
KOREA, THEY MAY LEARN
THERE IS A BETTER WAY.
>>THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN IT GET IN ON THESE
SITUATIONS.
YOU START TO GIVE PEOPLE
HOPE SOMETHING CAN BE
DIFFERENT, AND THEY START
TO PRESS FOR IT.
>>Reporter: A SENIOR
WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL SAYS
THE BALL IS NOW IN NORTH
KOREA’S COURT.
>>President Trump: IF
AND WHEN KIM JONG-UN
CHOOSE TO ENGAGE IN
CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE AND
ACTIONS, I AM WAITING.
>>Reporter: JENNIFER
WISHON, CBN NEWS, THE
WHITE HOUSE.
>>THANK YOU, JENNIFER.
AND WHILE ALL OF THIS IS
PLAYING OUT, LET’S
CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE
BELIEVERS IN NORTH KOREA
THAT CONTINUE TO SUFFER
FOR THEIR FAITH, THAT
HOPEFULLY GOD WILL RELEASE
THEM AND GIVE THEM THE
FREEDOM THEY SO
DESPERATELY NEED.
>>>MOVING ON, CHRISTIANS
IN NORTH KOREA, AS I
MENTIONED, THEY ARE JAILED
AND TORTURED FOR THEIR
FAITH, BUT IT IS JUST ONE
OF MANY NATIONS WHERE THE
CHURCH IS UNDER FIRE.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
ADVOCATES WANT TO KNOW WHY
BELIEVERS IN THE WEST
AREN’T DOING MORE FOR
THOSE WHO SUFFER FOR
FOLLOWING JESUS.
MY COLLEAGUE PAUL STRAND
HAS THAT STORY.
>>Reporter: CHRISTIANS
OF ALL STRIPES CAME TO
THIS SUMMIT ASKING, WHY
DON’T BELIEVERS DO MORE TO
HELP THEIR PERSECUTED
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
AROUND THE GLOBE.
THEY HIT AT CHRISTIANS IN
THE FIRST WORLD, LIVING
CUSHY LIVES WITH LITTLE
CARE FOR THOSE OVERSEAS.
>>WE CANNOT FORM OUR
LIVES OVER THE COMFORTS
AND CONVENIENCES OF THE
MODERN LIVES WITHOUT
PAYING JUSTICE TO THE
PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS WE
SEE ALL OVER THE WORLD.
>>Reporter: JESUS TOLD
SAUL THAT SAUL WAS
ATTACKING CHRIST WHEN HE
ATTACKED CHRISTIANS.
>>WHEN PEOPLE PERSECUTE
CHRISTIANS, THEY’RE REALLY
PERSECUTING WHO?
JESUS.
IN THE SAME WAY, WHEN WE
CARE FOR THE PERSECUTED,
WE’RE REALLY CARING FOR
JESUS.
AND THAT’S WHY JESUS SAID,
WHATEVER YOU DID FOR THE
LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS
AND SISTERS OF MINE, YOU
DID IT TO ME.
>>Reporter: SPUTO SAID
HE WAS ONCE CONSIDERING
HOW MUCH MONEY TO DONATE
TO STARVING CHRISTIANS IN
NIGERIA.
>>THE LORD WHISPERED
SOMETHING IN MY HEART THAT
I DON’T BELIEVE I’LL EVER
FORGET.
>>FORGET.
HE SAID, THAT’S ME.
I’M HUNGRY AND I’M WAITING
AND WATCHING TO SEE WHO
LOVES ME AND WILL GIVE ME
SOMETHING TO EAT.
>>Reporter: LONG TIME
DEFENDER OF RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM, FRANK WOLFE,
KNOCKED BELIEVERS WILLFUL
SILENCE.
>>THE CHURCH IN THE WEST
CAN NEVER SAY IT DOES NOT
KNOW WHAT IS TAKING PLACE
IN THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING
SAID IN THE END, WE WILL
REMEMBER NOT THE WORD OF
OUR ENEMIES, BUT THE
SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS.
>>Reporter: AND WOLFE
HAD A WARNING FOR
AMERICA’S CHRISTIANS.
>>IF THE CHURCH SLUMBERS,
WASHINGTON WILL SCARCELY
LEAD THE WAY.
>>Reporter: SAM
BROWNBACK IS AMERICA’S NEW
AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR
INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM.
>>THERE IS MORE PERS
PERSECUTION GOING NOW THAN
EVER BEFORE.
>>Reporter: BUT HE SAID
GOVERNMENTS OF PERSECUTED
BELIEVERS IGNORE STUDIES
SHOWING THEIR NATION WILL
BE LESS SUCCESSFUL.
>>IF YOU WANT MORE
ECONOMIC GROWTH, YOU NEED
MORE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
>>>
>>WE’RE HERE TODAY
BECAUSE JESUS IS STILL
BEING PERS CUTEEBEING PERSECUTED.
HIS CHILDREN ARE STILL
BEING PERSECUTED.
>>IMAGINE WASTEING AWAY
IN A PAKISTANI PRISON FOR
NOTHING MORE THAN
DEFENDING YOUR FAITH.
THE PAKISTANI WOMAN WILL
HAVE SPENT NINE YEARS IN
PRISON FOR BLASPHEMY.
SHE HAS ONE MORE CHANCE AT
JUSTICE.
THERE ARE REPORTS THAT
PAKISTANI’S HIGH COURT MAY
SOON HERE BIBBI’S APPEAL.
>>WHEN YOU’RE TALKING
ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM,
YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT
PERIODS OF BETWEEN SIX TO
ONE YEAR WOULD BE
DESCRIBED AS SHORT.
SO, YOU KNOW, IT’S VERY
HARD TO SAY.
INDICATIONS WOULD SUGGEST
THAT THE COURT HEARING
WILL BE WITHIN THE NEXT
SIX MONTHS.
>>IT HAS NOW BEEN NINE
YEARS, WILSON.
I DON’T THINK ANY
PAKISTANI HAS SERVED A
LONGER TIME IN PRISON ON
BLASPHEMY CHARGES.
SO WHY IS SHE STILL IN
PRISON?
>>SHE IS HATED BY PEOPLE
UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY,
SIMPLY FOR SAYING THE
WORDS, “MY CHRIST DIED FOR
ME.
WHAT DID YOUR GOD DO FOR
YOU?”
SHE IS SERVING THE LONGEST
SENTENCE EVER UNDERNEATH
THE HIGH COURT STAGE.
THE HIGH COURT JUDGES —
DURING THEIR HEARING, THEY
SAID THAT HER CONVICTION
WOULD REMAIN BECAUSE OF
TECHNICAL ISSUES.
THEY NEVER, EVER CLARIFIED
WHAT THOSE TECHNICAL
ISSUES ARE.
>>Reporter: WHAT CAN WE
DO FOR ASIA BIBI AND OUR
PAKISTANI BROTHERS AND
SISTERS IN CHRIST WHO ARE
UP AGAINST THESE CHARGES
AND FACE THESE SITUATIONS?
>>FIRST OF ALL, SPEAK TO
THE GOVERNMENT.
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS
GETTING MORE INVOLVED IN
THE SITUATION IN PAKISTAN.
AND WE’VE GOT TO TRUST IN
GOD.
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US
MUST PRAY AND PRAY FOR
CHANGE, NOT ONLY IN THE
GOVERNMENT AND THE WAY
THEY THINK IN PAKISTAN,
BUT IN THE WAY THAT MASS
SIGSOCIETY IN PAKISTAN
OPERATES.
NO LONGER SHOULD THEY SEE
CHRISTIANS AS PARIAHS, OR
INDIVIDUALS OUTSIDE THE
NORMAL HUMAN, IF THAT
MAKES SENSE.
THAT’S OFTEN HOW
CHRISTIANS AND OTHER
MINORITIES ARE VIEWED.
>>COMING UP, A
CROSS-COUNTRY CYCLING RACE
BECOMES A SPIRITUAL
JOURNEY FOR TWO MEN.
SEE HOW THEY FACE THEIR
INNER DEMONS ON THE OPEN
ROAD.
>>HE IS AN AUTHOR,
SPEAKER, AND BROADCAST,
AND BRAD COOPER IS AN 11
TIME TRIATHLETE.
TOGETHER THEY COMPETED FOR
SEVEN DAYS IN A CYCLING
RACE OF MORE THAN 3,000
MILES.
>>IT WAS SO MUCH MORE
THAN JUST A RACE; IT IS
NOW A MOVIE.
AND IT WAS ALSO A CALL
FROM GOD.
>>THERE WERE SOME BAD
PLACES IN THIS RACE,
MENTALLY.
I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS THE
HEAT.
I REALLY BURNED SOME
MATCHES LAST NIGHT TO TRY
TO GET US AHEAD OF THAT
OTHER TEAM.
IT GOT US AHEAD, BUT I
THINK I MAY HAVE BURNED A
FEW TOO MANY BECAUSE TODAY
I HAD NOTHING ALL DAY.
>>Reporter: SO THE FILM
IS CALLED “GOD SPEED.”
>>20 MILES OR SO IS THE
MAXIMUM IN THIS KIND OF
HEAT.
>>YOU AND A FRIEND DECIDE
TO PARTICIPATE AND RACE
ACROSS.
ACROSS AMERICA.
IT IS RAINING.
>>WE TEND TO GET IN OUR
DAILY GRIND AND WE’RE JUST
GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS.
AND THIS KIND OF THING CAN
WAKE YOU UP.
THIS KIND OF THING, YOU
CAN SAY WHY, AND THEN YOU
SAY, WELL, THAT’S WHAT
LIFE’S ABOUT, TAKING ON
THESE THINGS.
>>IF I GO THROUGH FIVE
YEARS OF JUST OKAY STUFF,
WHAT’S WITH THOSE FIVE
YEARS.
>>OUR WHOLE FOCUS WAS
RIDE, ELITE EAT, SLEEP, DRINK.
>>WE DIDN’T HAVE PLANS
FOR A FILM.
THAT JUST HAPPENED.
>>THIS IS REALLY COOL FOR
ME.
NORMALLY WHEN I GO UP
THOSE MOUNTAINS LIKE
THAT…
>>WHAT HAPPENS IS THEY
CAME BACK, AND MARTIN
BUTLER, WHO DID ALL OF THE
GREAT JOB — YOU’VE SEEN
ALL OF THE SCENERY AND
STUFF HE CAPTURED.
HE LOOKED AT US AND SAID,
I HAVE 550 HOURS OF
FOOTAGE.
WE CAN DO SOMETHING WITH
THAT.
>>Reporter: TAKE US
INSIDE AND DESCRIBE THE
STORY WE WILL SEE UNFOLD.
>>IT IS SET IN A BIKE
RACE, BUT IT IS REALLY NOT
ABOUT A BIKE RACE.
YOU COULD NOT FIND TWO
PEOPLE MORE DIFFERENT THAN
GERRY AND MYSELF.
YOU SEE THE WAY THE TEAM
COMES AROUND AND TOTALLY
SUPPORTS WHAT WE’RE DOING.
>>DON’T WORRY, GERRY.
>>IT IS BASICALLY ABOUT
LIFE.
IT IS BASICALLY ABOUT
THOSE THINGS THAT ALLOW US
TO GO BEYOND OUR COMFORT
ZONE AND DO SOMETHING
DIFFERENT, SOMETHING THAT
STRETCHES US.
>>Reporter: WERE THERE
MOMENTS YOU WANTED TO GIVE
UP?
>>NEVER, NOT ONCE.
I THINK THE KEY TO THAT —
YOU’RE SUPER TIRED, THERE
IS NOTHING LEFT IN THE
TANK, AND YOU’RE DRAINED
BY THE END OF THE DAY, AND
YOU STILL HAVE FIVE MORE
DAYS TO GO.
THE GIVING UP — I THINK
IT IS PART OF THAT VISION
OF THAT YOU’RE CONSTANTLY
THINKING OF THAT FINISH
LINE.
IN OUR LIVES, WE HAVE A
BETTER SENSE OF WHAT IS
THAT VISION.
HOW DO WE SEE THE ROLE
WE’RE PLAYING AS A PARENT
OR AS A HUSBAND OR A WIFE
OR IN OUR JOB?
WHEN WE’RE CLEAR ON THAT
VISION, WE STOP WANTING TO
GIVE UP.
>>I HAD NO IDEA WHERE I
WAS GOING OUT, WHERE WAS
AROUND ME, AND I WAS GOING
40 MILES AN HOUR.
AND I THOUGHT, WHAT IN THE
WORLD AM I DOING HERE.
>>I THINK GOD IS ALWAYS
USING WHAT YOU’RE DOING
NOW FOR SOMETHING NEXT.
AND HE SEES THE NEXT.
WE DON’T.
WE WANT TO CONNECT THE
DOTS.
HE WANTS US TO PUT THE
DOTS ON THE PAGE AND LET
HIM CONNECT THEM.
I THINK WHAT I LEARNED IS
DOING THIS, OR DOING
IRONMAN’S, OR WHATEVER, IT
IS PREPARING ME FOR
SOMETHING ELSE.
>>Reporter: YOU FEEL
LIKE GOD CALLED YOU TO
THIS?
>>I REALLY DO.
>>WE REALLY DO.
>>PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THE
FILM AND ARE TALKING ABOUT
IT, AND IT MADE ME WANT TO
DO SOMETHING MORE WITH MY
LIFE.
EVEI WATCHED IT, AND EVEN
THOUGH I DON’T LIKE BIKING
OR CYCLING, IT MADE ME
THINK OF SOMETHING I WANT
TO DO OUTSIDE OF MY
COMFORT ZONE.
I AM GOING TO STOP SMOKING
OR I AM GOING TO DROP THAT
10 POUNDS.
AND YOU CAN SEE THE FAITH
COMPONENT THROUGHOUT THE
RACE.
IF THAT CHARGES PEOPLE UP
AND HELPS THEM SAY, YOU
KNOW WHAT?
MAYBE GOD HAS SOMETHING
BIGGER PLANNED FOR ME THAN
JUST GOING TO THE MOTIONS
EVERY DAY, THAT COULD BE
THE WHY.
>>AND AS SOMEBODY WHO HAS
ENDURED ADVENTURE,
CLIMBING MOUNT
KILIMANJARO, YOU CAN
IDENTIFY WITH THESE FOLKS?
>>I TOTALLY GET IT.
I GET WHAT DROVE THEM AND
THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM.
IT IS A GREAT GOD
ADVENTURE.
YOU SHOULD TRY IT ONE
TIME.
YOU WERE BORN IN THE
COUNTRY THAT IS HOME TO
KILIMANJARO.
>>THAT’S RIGHT.
>>I CAN’T GET HIM TO DO
IT.
>>>ALL RIGHT, WELL,
COMING UP, SEE HOW NEW
TECHNOLOGY IS UNCOVERING
NEW MYSTERIES INSIDE THE
DEAD SEA SCROLLS.
>>AND WELCOME BACK TO
“CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.”
PARAGUAY BECAME THE THIRD
COUNTRY TO MOVE ITS
EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM THIS
WEEK.
THE PARAGUAYAN PRESIDENT
CAME FOR THE DEDICATION.
ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU PRAISED
THE DECADES OF FRIENDSHIP
BETWEEN ISRAEL AND
PARAGUAY.
AND HE SAID ISRAEL WOULD
NEVER FORGET PARAGUAY’S
HELP SAVING JEWS FROM NAZI
GERMANY AND THE HOLOCAUST.
>>PARAGUAY SUPPORTED THE
RECOGNITION OF THE STATE
OF ISRAEL IN THE UNITED UNITED
NATIONS, AND WE WILL NEVER
FORGET THAT.
PARAGUAY, BEFORE AND
ESPECIALLY UNDER YOUR
LEADERSHIP, TOOK A VERY
BOLD STANCE IN
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND
REFUSED TO COOPERATE WITH
THE LIES DIRECTED AGAINST
ISRAEL.
WE ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT.
THANK YOU, HORASIO, AND
THANK YOU, PARAGUAY.
>>AND NET NET IS ALSO
THANKING THE UNITED STATES
AND GUATEMALA.
THEY WERE THE FIRST AND
SECOND TO MOVE THEIR
EMBASSIES TO ISRAEL.
HONDURAS IS LIKELY TO
FOLLOW PARAGUAY.
>>WELL, IT IS 70 YEARS
SINCE BEDOUIN SHEPHERDS
AND ARCHEOLOGISTSS3
DISCOVERED THE DEAD SEA
SCROLLS.
AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS,
EXPERTS ARE STILLING STILL LEARNING
FROM THAT HISTORIC
DISCOVERY.
>>Chris: WHILE THIS MAY
LOOK LIKE A BOX OF
GARBAGE, IT IS TRULY PART
OF AN ANCIENT TREASURE.
>>IN OUR STORE ROOM, WE
HAVE A LOT OF BOXES, WITH
FRAGMENTS THAT HAVE NEVER
BEEN SORTED OR
INVESTIGATED.
>>Chris: OREN ABLEMAN
FOUND IT DURING WORK, TO
DIGITIZE AND PUBLISH THE
DEAD SEA SCROLLS.
>>ITE IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS
GARBAGE.
>>Chris: THIS IS A LAB
WHERE EXPERTS EXAMINE
FRAGMENTS FROM THE DEAD
SEA SCROLLS, DISCOVERED 70
YEARS AGO.
IT IS LIKE HEARING THE
ECHOES OF BIBLE TIMES FROM
2,000 YEARS AGO.
>>I WORKED ON COMPARING
THE HANDWRITING ON THESE
FRAGMENTS THAT I FOUND TO
OTHER MANUSCRIPTS.
I VERY QUICKLY STARTED
FINDING MATCHES BETWEEN
THE HANDWRITING AND THE
SCRIBES.
>>Chris: THERE IS
ADVANCED IMAGING
TECHNOLOGY THAT HE USED TO
TAKE A LOOK AT 84
FRAGMENTS HE COULDN’T READ
BEFORE.
12 HAD ENOUGH TO WORK
WITH.
>>PROBABLY THE BEST
EXAMPLE I HAD WAS THIS
FRAGMENT I HAD THERE.
THE WORD I READ THERE WAS
“FRAGMA,” IN HEBREW, WHICH
MEANS A SONG.
I COULD TELL THAT THE
FRAGMENT BELONGED TO THE
GREAT SONG SCROLL.
>>Chris: AND ANOTHER
FRAGMENT INDICATED AN
ADDITIONAL SCROLL MIGHT
EXIST.
THIS WOMAN HEADS UP THE
DEAD SEA SCROLLS UNIT, AND
SHE SEES A SPECIAL
CONNECTION BETWEEN THE
SCROLLS AND ISRAEL’S
70th BIRTHDAY.
>>WHEN THEY WERE VOTING
AT THE U.N. FOR THE
PARTITIONS PLAN, THE SON
WAS COUNTING THE VOTES ON
THE RADIO WHILE THE
PROFESSOR WAS SITTING AT
THE DESK WITH ONE OF THE
SCROLLS.
AND HE REALIZED HE WAS
HOLDING A SCROLL FROM THE
SECOND AMBLE TIME.
AND HE SAID, WHAT WOULD BE
MORE SYMBOLIC THA WHILE WE’RE
VOTING FOR THE STATE OF
ISRAEL, TO HOLD IN MY HAND
A MANUSCRIPT THAT IS 2,000
YEARS OLD.
>>Chris: CHRIS
MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, THE
DEAD SEA SCROLLS LAB IN
JERUSALEM.
>>PRETTY WILD.
FOR MORE FASCINATING
STORIES LIKE THESE, GO TO
OUR WEBSITE,
CBNNEWS.COM.
>>>DON’T GO AWAY; WE’LL
BE BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS.
>>IT HAS BEEN RECORDED
HUNDREDS OF TIMES BY
CHRISTIAN ARTISTS, AND POP
STARS ALIKE.
NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, YOU
PROBABLY HAVE HEARD THE
CHRISTIAN HYMN “AMAZING
GRACE.”
>>MY COLLEAGUE, AMBER
STRONG, TAKES YOU INSIDE A
UNIQUE EXHIBIT DEDICATED
TO THE MAN BEHIND THE
SONG.
* AMAZING GRACE
>>Reporter: NO MATTER
THE RENDITION OR ARTIST,
THAT TUNE AND THOSE LYRICS
ARE EASILY RECOGNIZABLE.
“AMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET
THE SOUND THAT SAVED A
RETCH LIKE ME.”
YOU KNOW, CHURCHES ALL
OVER THE COUNTRY WILL BE
SINGING THIS SONG ON
SUNDAY.
AND WHILE YOU MAY KNOW THE
SONG, DO YOU REALLY KNOW
THE MAN BEHIND THE LYRICS?
>>JOHN NEWTON IS A PRETTY
AMAZING STORY.
>>ALENA SAYS BEHIND THE
HOPEFUL TUNE LIES A DARK
STORY.
>>HE LIVED A PRETTY CRAZY
LIFE.
HE WAS PRETTY REBELLIOUS.
>>THAT WAS UNTIL ONE
NIGHT IN 1748, WHEN THE
LONG-TIME SAILOR HAD A
NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AT
SEA.
>>IT WAS IN THOSE MOMENTS
THAT HE ACTUALLY STARTED
TO UNDERSTAND HOW PRECIOUS
LIFE IS AND THE DECISIONS
THAT HE HAD MADE WERE
REALLY, REALLY NOT JUST A
GOOD WAY TO LIVE HIS LIFE.
>>Reporter: ALTHOUGH HE
GAVE HIS LIFE TO CHRIST,
NEWTON BECAME A SLAVESHIP
CAPTAIN, A PRACTICE
GENERALLY ACCEPTED AT THE
TIME BY CHRISTIANS AND
MUCH OF SOCIETY.
>>IT WAS DURING THOSE
TIMES THAT HE ACTUALLY
STARTED TO THINK
DIFFERENTLY ABOUT
HUMANITY.
>>Reporter: AFTER A
HEALTH CRISIS, NEWTON LEFT
THE SHIP, BUT NOT HIS
INVOLVEMENT WITH SLAVERY.
HE EVENTUALLY JOINED THE
CHURCH OF ENGLAND AND
BEGAN WRITING SONGS.
>>HE WROTE QUITE A FEW
WITH ANOTHER WRITER, AND
THEY COLLECTED THEM IN THE
HYMN BOOK, AND THAT’S
WHERE WE SEE “AMAZING
GRACE” RECORDED FOR THE
FIRST TIME.
I THINK THE FIRST PART,
“AMAZINGGRATIONAMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET
THE SOUND THAT SAVED A
RETCH LIKE ME,” IS
REFLECTED IN THE BOOK OF
ROMANS, THIS RETCHED MAN
THAT I AM, AND HE KNEW
THAT ABOUT HIMSELF.
>>Reporter: WHILE THE
WORDS ONLY RES NATOE RESONATED WITH
A FEW AT THE TIME, THEY
SPOKE LOUDLY TO HIS
WILLIAM WILBURFORD.
IT CHANGED THE COURSE OF
HISTORY.
>>I WISH I COULD REMEMBER
MY 20,000 GHOSTS.
THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL.
>>Reporter: AFTER
NEWTON’S ENCOURAGEMENT,
WILBURFORD WOULD
SUCCESSFULLY PUSH FOR THE
END OF ENGLAND’S SLAVE
TRADE IN 1807.
>>YOU MUST DO IT.
THE NAMES, SHIP RECORDS,
PORTS, PEOPLE —
EVERYTHING I REMEMBER IS
IN HERE.
ALTHOUGH MY MEMORY IS
FADING, I REMEMBER TWO
THINGS VERY CLEARLY: I’M
A GREAT SINNER, AND CHRIST
IS A GREAT SAVIOR.
>>Reporter: AND THEN
THE SONG TOOK OFF, FROM
THE CIVIL WAR TO THE CIVIL
RIGHTS MOVEMENT TO
SECRETARIES OF STATE AND
EVEN A FORMER U.S.
PRESIDENT.
*
>>Reporter: ITS MESSAGE
OF HOPE IN THE FACE OF
SORROW REMAINS STEADY
FAST.
SO MUCH SO THAT ARTISTS
LIKE JUDY COLLINS AND
ARETHA FRANKLIN HAVE PUT
THEIR SPECIAL VERSION TO
IT.
>>IT IS NEAT TO LOOK AT
ALL OF THE DIFFERENT ALBUM
COVERS, WHERE YOU HAVE
DIFFERENT COLORINGS AND
GRAPHIC DESIGNS THAT SPEAK
TO EACH OF THE GENRES AND
EACH OF THE ARTISTS.
>>Reporter: SHE SAYS
THE IDEA OF GRACE AND HOPE
IS SOMETHING THAT
RESONATES ACROSS GENRES,
CULTURE, AND TIMES.
AMBER STRONG, CBN NEWS, AT
THE MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE.
>>THANK YOU, AMBER.
ALL THESE YEARS LATER,
THAT SONG REVERBERATING
AROUND THE WORLD.
>>IT WILL GO ON AS
TIMELESS, LIKE YOU.
>>LIKE YOU.
FOLKS, THAT IS IT FOR THIS
WEEK.
>>UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM
ALL OF US

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